molly: welcome to the "france 24" newsroom. the headlines at this hour -- a funerals held for the syrian toddler and his family who died trying to reach turkey. photo of the three-year-old's lifeless body halves barked public pressure -- have sparked public pressure for eu reaction to the migrant crisis. pressure props the u.k. to review its migrant policy. david cameron says thousands more syrian refugees will be
taken in. morocco holds its first regional vote since arab spring concessions. ther turnout, a key part of transition. molly: we begin in syria, where the family of refugees who drowned trying to reach turkey have been buried. the funeral was held in the town of kobane. images of three-year-old aylan shenu's lifeless body have drawn a emotional response around the world. his five-year-old brother and mother also died. they are where -- they were among 12 people, including other children, who lost her lives when two boats capsized while trying reach the greek island of kos. the father survived the tragedy.
children andp my my wife to help them breathe, but there was nothing i could do . nothing. ghaleb died first, then aylan, then their mother. there you go. that is my story. perhaps the world will learn something from it. i hope these people will be helped, that these massacres are stopped. we are human beings just like westerners. why are we trying to get to europe when our country is so beautiful? that is just how it is. molly: that is the father of three-year-old aylan, who lost his life trying to reach turkey, as well as his brother and mother. the united kingdom, as well as all european countries, are under pressure to act. david cameron is reviewing his
country's migrant policy. so far the u.k. has sheltered just over 5000 syrian refugees, but those figures will increase in response to the public opinion appalled by images of the drowned toddler. cameron said the u.k. will provide settlement for thousands more. david cameron: as i said earlier this week, we will accept thousands more under these existing themes, and we keep them under review. given the scale of the crisis, the suffering of people, i can announce that we will do more, providing resettlement for thousands more syrian refugees. we will continue with our approach, taking them from the refugee camp's. this provides them with a direct and safe route to the united kingdom rather than risking the hazardous journey which has tragically cost so many of their lives. molly: david cameron speaking this friday in portugal. he said thousands more will be taken in.
he has given no exact figure. according to the united nations refugee agency, britain will taken 4000 more syrian refugees from middle east camps. that has yet to be confirmed by the british government. meanwhile, the situation continues elsewhere in the eu. in hungary, the standoff between police and asylum-seekers continues for the second day. these are images we are seeing outside of budapest. thursday police allowed migrants to board trains, but try to force them off at holding camp to the west of the capital. that prompted chaotic scenes as hundreds of people struggled with police, some clinging to train tracks in desperation, refusing to leave for get an update of the situation. we go to andrew berner, who joins us on the line from berdych test -- from budapest. what can you tell us at this hour? ofrew: so far a number events are happening and budapest. there are a number of standoffs between police and refugees in
that part of the country. aere i was last night, western hungarian town where the train was stopped, the migrants locked themselves to the train carriages and have refused to order buses to bring them to an overcrowded refugee center 10 kilometers away. pictures show that the refugees are declining food and water from authorities, and they have kicked a number of food carts into the tracks of the platform, and they say they want freedom and are demanding to be brought to germany. elsewhere in the country, there are a number of others that seem authoritiesst how are struggling and are overwhelmed by a situation that is seemingly slipping out of control. in a refugee camp on the
hungarian-serbian border, police have reported there are at least 300 people who have left the camp, escaped the closed detention camp there after they said they were waiting for long periods of time to be processed through they lost patience and they left. we do not know much about this particular camp because neither journalists nor ngo's are permitted to enter there. the government plans to increase the camp's size. the other flashpoint in budapest , hundreds remain at a railway station. there are rumors that many of them, several dozen or perhaps even 100, are considering leaving, attempting to leave the station and walked to the german embassy. those final reports are unconfirmed. the overall picture is of a number of different flashpoints where frustration is building
among the migrants, and authorities are at a loss as to how to control the situation. molly: yesterday we saw a , astic scenes asylum-seekers struggles, clashed with police. the prime minister, the hungarian prime minister has been criticized for his country's response. we heard from the pie today. what did he have to say? andrew: the prime minister has a weekly radio interview, and this is usually his opportunity to speak directly, the equivalent to hunt gary and fireside chats, -- to hungarian fireside chats, or he can speak to the people. he tried to project certainty and control in terms of hungary's response. he also fought back against the criticism he has received from european leaders in recent days for his strong approach to
migration, and his warning to europe that it is at risk from what he particularly identified as a muslim migration to the continent. in the interview he said europe at the moment was at a dangerous situation because the european governments have a dangerous mix of being wealthy and weak. he said this was an invitation to millions of asylum seekers to exploit the situation by forcing themselves on the european government. it was a strong and defiant interview with the prime minister. ahead of the meeting he has later today with three other central and eastern european state ministers from poland, czechoslovakia, the czech republic. they are going to try to negotiate a joint position, a joint opposition to plans for a new, larger, and more ambitious refugee campaign. there are signs that even among this group, what was a traditionally hard-line group,
their bay -- there may be some provisions emerging. the plan is expected on september 14. molly: we also have the hunt gary, lawmakers holding a vote on key points of -- we also have the hunt gary and lawmakers hold -- we also have the hung gary arian lawmakers holding talks. what are we seeing concerning today's legislation? andrew: these proposals have been on the table for several weeks. what they aim to do is to combat the border controls. the proposals, which are to be
approved, for c prison sentences of up to three years for people that they foresee prison sentences of up to three years -- it also allows for the a strongerto use militarize response to border situations,ergency perhaps applying the military to the border in cases of crises. little to lift the notion in many parts of western europe that hungary has adopted an overly aggressive response, and overly militaristic response to the crisis. the government has said at the beginning of the crisis that it is their duty as the protectors of one of the eu's external to defend those borders in line with european law.
they say these parliamentary proposals are simply a key step toward for fulling that european -- toward fulfilling that european response ability. molly: thank you, andrew byrne, for reporting from budapest on the ongoing situation in europe. france and germany are now trying to change those rules area they are calling for binding quota systems, proposing what would be the biggest change to the continent's asylum rules since world war ii. " correspondent reports. >> while thousands of migrants have died at sea trying to reach europe, the eu has failed to come up with a common response. germany and france feel they have no choice but to push for measures. merkel,her with angela
i consider that what has been done so far has not been efficient. we still need to work together with those who do not stick to their moral abilities. we need to go further. >> early in the day, hungary's nationalist prime minister recently set up a barbed wire fence at his border, sparking a policy saying that the migrant crisis was not his country's problem. >> just between us, the problem is not a european problem. the problem is a german problem. stay inould like to hungary. we do not have difficulty with anyone who does not want to stay in hungary. no one would want to stay in hungary, poland. all of them want to go to germany. >> germany responded by saying -- europe was
>> hundreds are needed to protect the external borders. it must rescued -- it must register refugees and asylum-seekers. notgeneva convention does only apply to germany but also to every european member state. >> european interior ministers will discuss on september 14 the franco german mandatory mechanism described as quotas, by chancellor merkel. member states are being asked to quickly take in at least 100,000 refugees to ease the pressure on front-line countries. in syria, there is word that islamic state militants have blown up more ancient sites in palmyra. three ancient tower tombs were destroyed.
in the less two weeks, the islamic state group has destroyed two ancient temples in the central syrian city. to morocco now, where voters are headed to the polls today. the local elections are the first since the constitution was recently revives -- revised following the arab spring. water turnout will be closely watched for an indication of the state of political transition -- voter turnout will be closely watched for an indication of the state of political transition. our correspondent has more on what is at stake. --i am here in front of a mod people have come to vote to present clear demands. they want better infrastructure, better public transport, and above all, they want more job opportunities. i have spoken earlier to observers from different parties, and according to them,
the electoral process is running smoothly so far. we know that this is election is based on the modifications that were made to the constitution in 2011. for the first time, voters are using their national identity cards instead of the old cards to vote, according to authorities. --s will put an end to the on the other hand, opposition parties have denounced the absence of an independent committee to oversee the elections. let's get a check of the headlines now. the main story this hour is the united nations warning the eu about a defining moment with its refugee crisis. in hungary, the stand off continued for a second day as things remain tense for asylum-seekers threatening to break out from detention centers . if their demands are not met.
time for a business update. i am joined in the studio by william hilderbrandt. we are going to start off with the markets, a little past midday trading in your. asia's leadlowing from the earlier in the day, a -- a lot oftors are investors are eager to see the jobs report from the u.s. cac, trading down in the red. down 2.2 percent. the airlines are the bright spot. the big story today so far, investors are waiting to see what happens from the u.s. and whether the u.s. federal reserve might lower interest rates, trying to shed some light on that a little bit later when that nonfarm payroll data comes out.
time for a look at the other headlines at this hour. standard & poor's cut its rating on iraq, downgrading the country to a b minus. they face institutional and security risks that are among the highest. there was a steep slide in oil prices. a 15% stake in one of its oilfields to indian's -- india's omg. c. india's ong it is the company's third-largest production subsidiary. honda is pumping the brakes in russia. the carmaker said it will cut jobs, declining to give an exact figure. car sales in russia have plunged following western trade sanctions after the ukraine.
honda plans to sell directly to dealers rather than local distributors until market conditions improve. is aheadechnology shows this week. and smart watches. hopingturing firms are they will get a larger slice of the portable technology market. tomorrow withf the look of today. that seems to be the motif of smart watches this week, at the ifa tech fair in berlin. >> they put a lot more emphasis on the design of it. you can wear this and feel that you are wearing an actual watch, not just a square smart phone screen strapped to your risk. >> it is a small but burgeoning market. sale --illion expected 26 million expected sales in 2015, up from 4 million last year. other firms are seeking a slice of the action.
however, they still need to convince the public at large. >> the mass market may not have seen the advantage of using a smart watch because they only have a smart phone, the biggest rival. what we see this year in innovation is that these smart watches can do more on their own. >> not needing to connect a smart what -- a smart watch to a smart phone is a major step forward. >> everybody is trying to figure out what the future will look like. there may come a day where the smart phone stays in your bag and everything is controlled from your risk. that from your wrist. we do not really know. it will not be as big as the smartphone market. it badly wants to improve on the 400,000 sales in may last year. over the past two years, the toy industry has seen revenue and products related to movies climb 73%. disney is hoping to capitalize on that.
the upcoming "star wars" film is called "the force awakens," and official merchandise is being released today. onacres wanted to capitalize the market three months before the film comes out. seen $20se has already billion. why has the star wars franchise been so successful yak of her many of the most avid fans, it is about the legacy. -- been so successful? for many of the fans, it is about the legacy. ofwe have the complete set the first ones that came out. if you name it, we have got it. >> the entire history of the films, and then there is a passion for the franchise. you love the characters, you love the movies, and then
everything that goes along with that we kind of collect. molly: thank you for that. as i was seeing that amazing hat there, the yoda hat, i have to keep my eye on those and william: i will keep my eye on that. it is time now for our press review. i am joined in the studio by florence florence villeminot for what is grabbing headlines in the press. with the photo that is making shocking waves in public opinion out of the drowned three-year-old syrian boy on turkish shores. flo: that is right, that photo is still sparking a lot of emotion in this -- in the press. "the daily telegraph" points out that aylan is one of millions of syrians risking their lives to cross the bering sea.
it was on the front page of so many. yesterday he was wearing this red t-shirt, and if you look carefully, on the other boats, there are lots of other red t-shirts, lots of other kids similar to aylan, risking their lives to come in to europe. an interesting article today showed that he is part of a lost generation. he is one of 13 million kids that the u.n. says their lives have been completely disrupted because of war. they are not going to school, they are displaced, and often, as in aylan's case, they are losing their lives. molly: this has flashed across the pages of so many papers, but not here in france. france was thein only one that published the photo. there is a big debate over whether or not to publish the photo, including here at "france
24." you need to know that in france there are laws that are about respecting the dignity of dead people. a catholic paper says that is exactly why they did not publish the photo yesterday and why they will not publish the photo today. it is interesting because other papers are actually publishing the photo today, a mother -- among them, this paper. they offered this explanation. "why we did not publish aylan's photo earlier." their explanation is quite honest. "we did not see it, and the people who did see it did not realize how important this one photo is and how it has the potential to change hearts and minds in france. this is a mistake on our part, but it does not mean that we do not care and it does not mean that we have not been covering the refugee crisis." they have been covering it for years. molly: many people are hoping
that this photo, which has become symbolic of the entire crisis for many, a generation of children, they are hoping it is a wake-up call for european leaders. this as they are struggling to come up with some sort of response. flo: the day angle in the press today is how this migrant crisis is bringing to light strong divisions within europe. we take a look at the front page of "the wall street journal," and they talk about this. there are major fault lines as to how to response -- as to how to respond to the crisis. .ou have countries like hungary if you take a look at the hunger hungarians, -- at the press, this is the construction of an anti-migration fence, topped with razor wire. yesterday the prime minister warned that europe's christian culture was in danger of being swamped by this migration crisis. many of these migrants are of muslim faith, and this article
here, a conservative hungarian paper, defends the prime minister, saying he is right, that it is natural for europeans to be scared by this number of migrants. molly: many others are criticizing the prime minister. flo: in this german paper, it lashes out against victor and his repulsive propaganda, his hypocrisy. there is really a contrast with what hungary is doing and what germany is doing. we will take a look at an article in "the guardian." germany's greeting refugees with help and kindness." this is an incredible photo that was taken at the munich station. a german police officer is playing with a syrian refugee. officers handed out chocolate bars and water. it is a very different response. "the washington post," in their editorial today, they say the german open-door response in the crisis is a bright spot in a bleak landscape.